1930s Film Distributor Advertising Trunk/ Sign

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Fantastic Depression-Era advertising trunk/ sign for a traveling film distributor.

 

“H.M.PEDRICK/ MOTION/ PICTURE ENTERTAINMENTS/ 1903 E. MAIN ST./ DANVILLE, ILL/ PHONE 5389”

 

“H.M.PEDRICK/ MOTION/ PICTURE ENTERTAINMENTS/ 1903 E. MAIN ST. DANVILLE, ILL/ PHONE/ HARRINGTON TIRE CO 5389”

 

H.M. Pedrick, like so many others during this period, tried to earn a living in many ways. The trunk tells the story. Trying his hand as a traveling salesman, he started out with his own address and number, and then eventually ended up sharing both with a tire company.

The trunk looks to have been lugged many miles.  Its original handle broke while in use, no doubt from the massive weight. Imagine poor Mr. P driving and carrying this beast all over the back roads of the Midwest from one small town to another, hoping to convince the few remaining struggling local movie theaters to rent out his reels. The trunk alone weighs over 20lbs. Add in a couple of heavy metal cases and reels of film, and you are closer to 50-60lbs. After car and travel expenses, there was little room for profit. A 1940 census shows our man with no listed occupation and living in a boarding house, still in Danville, Illinois. First name unknown.

 

An awesome relic. This could easily be used as a coffee table (with glass), or as a cool sign or whatever.

 

 

 

Date: 1930s.

 

 

Size: About 34″  x  18″  x  8″.

 

 

Condition: Expected aging and wear. As-Is. Please use photos and description to determine condition.

 

 

 

Price: $450

 

 

 

Insured US Shipping: $75

 

 

 

Non-US Shipping: Unavailable

 

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